Berlin Journals

A Long Weekend in Berlin

A February 2008 trip to Berlin by oldscratch

Fernsehturm Berlin Photo, Berlin, Germany More Photos
Quote: Hotel, restaurant, and activity Reviews from a recent four-day weekend in Berlin, Germany.

Lux 11

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Hotel

Lux 11 Photo, Berlin, Germany
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One very important thing to note about Lux 11 upfront is that you shouldn't plan on sharing a room with travel partner with whom you're not entirely comfortable or perhaps even intimate. I say this because at Lux 11, form defeats function, and the shower and bathroom sink is basically located in the same room as the bed. And while a floor to ceiling mirror in front of the shower does provide some privacy, the mirror leaves plenty of space with which to sneak a peak at your bathing roommate.That said, this is a really cool, comfortable and reasonably-priced hotel. (For the best price, I'd recommend booking through the ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 24, 2008

Lux 11
9–13 Rosa-Luxemburg-Str
Berlin
+49-30 936-2800

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Attraction

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Located just north of the hip Mitte neighborhood in Prenzlauerberg in the former East Berlin, Icon is a former brewery remodeled into one of the cities best and most popular music venues.When we were in town Icon was hosting a tour of scratch DJs that included Rafik, Qbert, and DJ Scratch. It seemed like the hottest tickets in Berlin that evening, and we found ourselves waiting in a long line to get in even though it was already two in the morning. Luckily, our bodies were still on New York time, so the lateness of the evening was not an issue, and we took a quick break from standing in line to buy Pommes Frittes from on of the ubiquitous street vendors and enjoyed a beer at a nearby bar. We...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 24, 2008

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Cantianstr. 15, D - 10437
Berlin
+ 49 30 322970520

Holocaust Memorial

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Attraction

Holocaust Memorial Photo, Berlin, Germany
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The Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe (or, simply, the Holocaust Memorial) covers almost five acres just south of the Brandenburg Gate and features over 2,700 undulating concrete slabs that rise between 8 inches and 16 feet high.Upon opening to the public in 2005, the Holocaust Memorial immediately joined the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C. as decidedly post-modern attempts to sanctify historic losses of human life. Also, both eschew literalism and symbolism for a blank memorial canvas upon which visitors are free to project their own thoughts of loss and contrition. As such, I wouldn’t recommend visiting the memorial with the expectation of receiving an explanation of wha...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 2, 2008

Holocaust Memorial
Cora-Berliner-Strasse
Berlin, Germany 10117
030 263943-11

Fernsehturm Berlin

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Attraction | "Berliner Fernsehturm"

Fernsehturm Berlin Photo, Berlin, Germany
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New York has the Empire State Building, Paris has the Eiffel Tower, and Berlin has the Fernsehturm, a television tower built in 1969 in Alexanderplatz in the former East Berlin. And just as the Empire State Building and the Eiffel Tower have become icons and ultimately shorthand for their respective cities, it's hard to find a Berlin postcard, souvenir, or other bit of city-inspired graphic design that doesn't somehow feature this landmark and navigational aid.The design of the Fernsehtrum is simple enough—depending upon your proclivity, either a disco ball or a golf ball impaled by a long narrow spike. And although I actually didn't ride the elevator up and take a tour of the tower, in my...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 3, 2008

Fernsehturm Berlin
Panoramastraße 1A Alexanderplatz
Berlin, Germany 10178
+49 30 242 33 33